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Running a Great Farmers’ Market Booth Workshop Scheduled April 18

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop called “Running a Great Farmers’ Market Booth.”

The workshop will take place on April 18 at 6 p.m. at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, located at 5828 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) in Mexico.

The featured presenter at the workshop is Martin Butts, the owner of Small Potatoes, a boutique marketing, consulting, and advocacy firm.

Attendees will learn how to put together a customer-catching, low budget farmers market display as well as learn great customer service and selling techniques that also help them get to know their customer, their product, and their potential market.

Using a mix of presentation and hands on exercises, attendees will learn how to operate a great farmers market booth. Learn what draws people to a particular booth, from signage to colors and more.

Information in this workshop are relevant to both farmers or food product companies.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for farmers’ market vendors in Oswego County! The presenter, Martin Butts, is a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker, and a leader in the local food movement in Central New York. Anyone who runs a farmers’ market booth or a farm stand can learn something from this workshop” said Lynnette Wright, Agriculture Economic Development Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oswego County.

Martin was chosen as one of Central New York’s 40 Under 40 in 2010, recognizing individuals who have excelled in both the workplace and in the community, and Small Potatoes was recently awarded a Snail of Approval Award by Slow Food Central New York.

The price of the workshop is $20 per farm (for up to two people).

Refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration is required.

To register please call 315-963-7286 or send payment to CCE of Oswego County, 3288 Main St., Mexico, NY 13114.

Registrations are due by April 12 and space is limited so reserve your spot today.

Oswego County is a rural county, with a prosperous agricultural community.

The diversity of land allows for the growth of a variety of agricultural products including onions, apples, meat, cheese, wine, maple syrup, honey, berries, plums, peaches, and a wide variety of vegetables.

Within the county there are at least seven local farmers’ markets, with one open almost every day of the week. The agricultural community in this county generates $39.4 million in annual revenue from 639 farms and supplies more than 5,000 jobs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Its mission is to improve the quality of life for the community through education that is valuable to the lives of Oswego County residents.

For more information, or if you have special needs, please call 315-963-7286 or go online to www.thatscooperativeextension.org